HIFU – Innovative Prostate Cancer Treatment
Prostate cancer is one of the most common cancers among men today. In fact, other than skin cancer, prostate cancer is the most common type of male cancer. Prostate cancer occurs in the prostate gland, which contains the cells that help in creating seminal fluid. Prostate cancer develops when the gland cells in the prostate begin to mutate and grow abnormally. The scientific name for prostate cancer that occurs in the gland cells is adenocarcinoma.
Prostate cancer usually grows slowly. This is why men often have the condition for years before they are diagnosed. In rare cases the disease will grow quickly and spread throughout the body without much warning. Either way, the most damaging effect of prostate cancer is its tendency to spread to other parts of the body which can be fatal.
Doctors and scientists have not yet discovered the cause of prostate cancer. Instead, they focus on studying known risk factors. Risk factors include age, race, diet, family history, and location. Men who are over 65, for example, are at higher risk for developing prostate cancer than younger men.
Men diagnosed with prostate cancer before it spreads to other parts of the body have a high chance of survival. This is because destroying or removing the prostate also destroys or removes the cancer, effectively eliminating the problem. Prostate cancer can recur, however, even after an effective treatment.
There are many treatments for prostate cancer, such as surgery or radiation, which are quite invasive and potentially damaging. The good news is that there is a modern treatment option that outshines all other treatments. It is not only effective, but also non-invasive. That treatment is High Intensity Focused Ultrasound, or HIFU.
HIFU treatment involves targeting the tissues of the prostate, including the cancer cells, with focused ultrasound waves. These ultrasound waves raise the temperature in this tissue, effectively destroying it. The treatment only takes a couple of hours, between one to three hours to be exact, and does not require any hospital stay. HIFU is delivered through a probe inserted into the rectum. The doctor positions the probe through images taken of the prostate during the treatment. This allows the doctor to position the probe around the prostate to deliver the treatment exactly where needed. This is highly effective treatment, and it minimizes cancer recurrence and negative side effects such as incontinence and impotence.
For more information on High Intensity Focused Ultrasound for the treatment of prostate cancer, please contact USHIFU LLC at 888-874-4384.